Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Pretty Pink Roach Male!

Well, the Gyna capucina are doing OK now, eating much more protein based foods than they used to now that I'm not using bowls, and they are eating fruit at a good pace too. At least two females have matured in the past couple weeks, and I see one or two subadult females with very puffy thoracic pads, so they'll be maturing here shortly... 
One of the three male subadults I moved to a smaller container (kept cooler than the main breeding tank) just matured, so perfect timing really, considering it seems all the adult males that were in the main colony a few weeks ago have died already.

Interestingly, this male came out with a lot of black mottling on it's wings, much more than I typically see in my males. It's quite attractive actually, in my opinion this is the best looking male I've ever reared. 

Here are some pictures of him:

I wonder if the cooler temperatures I'm keeping the males at had anything to do with the coloration of this one... Supposedly cooler temps can make Archimandrita tessellata adults come out with a much higher amount of black mottling on their tegmina (sometimes to the point where they're almost completely black), compared to those reared at warm temps, but I don't know if that theory was ever proven, or if it even applies to Gyna capucina.

In any case, it was nice seeing this male, now hopefully he does his job, mates with the females, and helps get my colony thriving again! 🤞

Well, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading everyone, hope you enjoyed, stay safe, if you live in the U.S.A please VOTE, and I'll see you all next time! 😉


  1. Phew! Glad your colony is on the rebound!

    1. Me too, though I'll be much happier once I see some newborns... 🤞